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"Following these events [the discovery of Publius Clodius in the house of Caesar, who divorced Pompeia as a result] the stone bridge, called the Fabrician, leading to the little island in the Tiber, was constructed."
Cassius Dio, Roman History (XXXVII.45.3)
Surviving nearly intact, the Pons Fabricius is the best preserved bridge in Rome. It connects the left bank of the Tiber to the Isola Tiberina and was built in 62 BC by Lucius Fabricius, whose work is recorded in inscriptions on both sides of the two larger travertine arches. The bridge was restored in 21 BC after floods two years before had made Rome navigable by boat by three days (Dio, LIII.33.5). Another flood the following year again submerged the city (Dio, LIV.1.1). Now sheathed in brick, the parapet was added in the seventeenth century and the two ancient four-headed herms in the nineteenth century.